Phones will be down tomorrow - Wed 21st February, as there is a power cut scheduled 8:30 - 3:30 pm!
In February Fr. Michael came back to see his old friends (not just the cats!) and the community of course. It was lovely to have him back even for the day.
From Benedict to Bernardine
Here is an outline of the programme for the day.
8:30 a.m. Mass
10:00 a.m. Coffee available
10:30 – 11:50 a.m. Benedict and the monastic movement in the early Middle Ages
12:05 p.m. Midday office followed by Lunch
1:45 p.m. The Cistercians and reform movement of the Middle Ages
(Break in the middle sometime)
3:00 p.m. (approx.) - The Bernardines….
3:35 p.m. (approx.) Tea with the community
4:45 p.m. Vespers (optional!)
After 5 days phone system is back up and running!
Apologies - phone system down! Please email until further notice! BT not being too helpful!
Many of you will know already that Fr. Michael McKenna, chaplain at Hyning since 1994, had to leave us in October because of health problems. He is now back home with the Mill Hill Fathers at the following address:
Rev. M. McKenna MHM
41, Victoria Road
He would be delighted to receive letters, a phone call and or/a visit! We thank him for his discreet and faithful service over many years.
Apologies for the lack of phone system over the past few days. There was a fault in the system (not BT this time!) It is now working again!
Hyning phone system down till Tues pm!! Don't bother trying to ring us, sorry for any inconvenience. Internet still working! Please email Sr. Mary Bernard for urgent enquiries. if you send a mobile number we can ring you back if needed! Aplogies.
On the 19th September, the new church in Goma was consecrated. Here is a gallery of some of the images taken on the day.
Here is the new sister we mentioned in last week's news... Welcome to Hyning Sr. Marie Genevieve
It seems a long time since we posted news on this page. You can get regular news on our Facebook page as well don't forget. We have a page you can look at - Bernardines. We also have a group Bernardine Cistercian and you are very welcome to join either or both groups.
In August Sr. Anne Chantal was named back to La Plaine and Sr Marie Genevieve has taken her place, photo coming soon! Next week we have a re-organisation of work to start off our new Bernardine year. We have had lots of changes of Prioresses across the Order but the 2 English sisters remained n place! Though both houses have had changes of sisters.
During July and August, there were meetings of all our juniors and novices (of 6 months) at the Mother House at La Plaine, France. The sessions were greatly appreciated by the young ones of Europe, Asia and Africa.
We have officially reopened so don't forget to check our programme page for news of the events coming up. The first one is the Christmas Card making day on the 10th October. It's never too soon to start Christmas cards or make mince pies!!
We do not forget to pray for all our guests and we hope to see lots of you soon!
On the 8th July, Sr. Maria celebrated 25 years of religious profession as a Bernardine Cistercian sister. The Mass was celebrated at Hyning in the afternoon, followed by a buffet lunch. Her family and friends were present to celebrate with the community. The main celebrant was her brother, Fr. Joseph and the homily was given by Fr. John McGowan, OCD. Here are some photos of the wonderful celebrations of the day.
Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving Mass for Sr Michelle Marie's Golden Jubilee. Please pray for the celebration and in thanksgiving for her life of servic
On Friday 14th April, Good Friday, Sr. Mary Stella and Sr. Michaela will be on Radio Lancashire talking about Holy Week in the monastery. We will be on between 1 - 2 pm, we are not sure of the exact time but we were interviewed by Joe Wilson for a programme on Holy Week in the North West.
There will be a Memorial Mass for S Mary Stephen who died in January on Tues 2nd May 6.30pm at St Bernard's RC Grammar School, Slough. All are welcome to attend and share in the celebration. If you are definitely going to attend it would be helpful to know in advance. Contact S. Elizabeth Mary at Brownshill for more details email@example.com
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On Friday, 27th Jan 2017 until Sunday, 29th Jan 2017, we held the Monastic Experience Weekend. Four young women spent the weekend with us. They came from different backgrounds and nations, but they all blended together so well that they gave the impression that it seems as if they have known each other before. They joined the community for the celebration of the Divine Office and Mass. They also did some manual work as well as sharing the daily life with the sisters, including some meals .
During this event, Sr. Maria and Sr. Mary Stella, who led the event and assisted the four women, reflected on community life according to the Rule of St. Benedict.
They appreciated the event very much and hopefully will have found it helpful for a deepening oftheir life of faith. We pray for many young people who are discerning their future, especially those who are considering religious life that the light of Christ may lead and strengthen them.
As we celebrated the Feast of Sts. Robert, Alberic and Stephen Harding, the founder fathers of the Cistercian Order, we accompanied Sr. Mary Stephen to her final place of rest. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael McKenna as the chief celebrant, concelebrated by Fr. Peter Craddy OCSO who gave the homily. We were joined by our sisters from Brownshill and several other guests. The burial was followed by tea together in the Guests Dining Room.
We thank you for all who have prayed with us for Sr. Mary Stephen and all her relatives. May she rest in peace.